At its roots, Kapia is an old school adventure game wrapped in a pretty 3d package. If you’re familiar with the genre, you will be right at home from the start. You play as two different characters in this game, swapping as scenes are unlocked. While the story is a bit short, its combination of depth and playfulness aren’t to be ignored.
Unfortunately, I found one drawback to this game and that is its 3d perspective. As a point and click adventure, you don’t have access to free roam areas. If your target location is behind you, it can be awkward moving to a location that is being rendered behind you or off screen. After some fiddling I was able to move where I needed to go, but sometimes movement feels a bit unnatural.
The graphics look great and the music is relevantly somber. Aside from the main story, there are several objects such as computer terminals that delve deeper into character and story backgrounds. These are optional, but they make the environment feel alive. There are also mini-games that must be completed to progress, and these were done very well. You’ll face a mini-robot boxing match early on, and I felt this was done superbly. Each major character also has their own voice actor.
I also need to mention the loading screens. When you progress to a new major area or uncover a major plot point, these changes are reflected in an evolving children’s coloring book which I thought was a nice touch and adds some wonder most adventure games fail to include.
Although this may be targeting a slightly younger audience, I was able to fully immerse myself in this story. It has a charm about itself that brought me back to adventures I might read or watch as a child. Regardless of demographic, I would definitely recommend this game. Knowing nothing about this title prior to playing, Kapia exceeded my expectations. If you are willing to play with controls that can be a bit frustrating at times you are sure to enjoy your time here.